Samuel James Ervin III

Federal Judge

Samuel James Ervin III, 73, chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1989 to 1996 and the son of the late senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. (D-N.C.), died Sept. 18 at a hospital in Morganton, N.C. The cause of death was not reported.

He was a part-time prosecutor in Burke County, N.C., from 1954 to 1956. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1964 and 1966. A year later, he was appointed by Gov. Dan Moore to serve as a Superior Court judge.

Judge Ervin was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980. At the time of his death, he was North Carolina's only federal appellate judge in active service.

Edward Rubin

California Lawyer

Edward Rubin, 87, a lawyer who was a highly respected authority on entertainment law for six decades and whose celebrity clients ranged from Howard Hughes to Warren Beatty, died Sept. 16 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. The cause of death was not disclosed.

His other clients included Rosalind Russell, Robert Taylor in the early days, on through Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, director Robert Wise, Goldie Hawn and Robert Wagner. He also represented RKO and Columbia studios.

Mr. Rubin had been president of the State Bar of California and the Beverly Hills Bar Association and had been a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.